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Great Lakes A School Q&A


Great Lakes A School Q&A

The purpose of this group is to allow family of new sailors assigned to school at Training Support Center Great Lakes a chance to voice questions to a Student Division Commander

Location: Great Lakes, IL
Members: 2006
Latest Activity: 14 hours ago

Discussion Forum

Hotels on base

Started by taddair22. Last reply by Christine Proud Son of ET yesterday. 4 Replies

After PIR Liberties

Started by KP's Mom. Last reply by Pollux on Wednesday. 13 Replies

what to bring

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Comment by Drews_Mom 14 hours ago

Kinda curious my son told me his classes are 32 working  days and then 5 days for strand so his "graduation" from A School would be at the end of all that? He won't tell me the date cause he thinks he is going to surprise me when he gets home but I was hoping to surprise him at his graduation. And is graduation on a certain day of the week or just when he's done? 

Comment by Christine Proud Son of ET on July 27, 2014 at 6:10pm

Thanks so much Anti M!  I really appreciate the info.  The Navy has great for my son but I have to say that I have benefited as well.  I love being a part of the Navy family. :)

Comment by Anti M on July 27, 2014 at 5:23pm

Thanksgiving has no stand down, only Thursdays is the federal holiday, and Friday is usually "relaxed" liberty (and likely no school).  

The stand down is for two weeks.  Usually begins right before Christmas and ends right after New Years day.  Usually on a Friday or Monday, I;d have to look at a calendar to guess.  It is easy to get the dates wrong, so NEVER book flights until the official dates are released.

IF a sailor has enough leave on the books, it is possible to take leave over both holidays.  Thanksgiving weekend is never assured, only Thanksgiving Day (unless that have duty).  He can put in a leave request, they may well approve it.  Many sailors simply do not have enough time on the books, and want to save a week for after A school.   Those in very long schools can usually manage it.  You have an ET, he likely will have enough leave for all three.  He just needs to sit down and figure out how much he has on the books, how much each leave period would take, and potentially, if he wants leave after C school (big unknown for ETs, C school vary so much).

Comment by Christine Proud Son of ET on July 27, 2014 at 1:49pm

Does anyone know when "holiday stand down" begins.  My son thinks he can come home for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  He is currently in A school/phase 1.  I would love for this to be true but I just can't see how he will be able to do both.  I know he really wants to come home for both holidays.

Comment by Anti M on July 27, 2014 at 9:27am

For Christmas, all the schools have "holiday stand down".  This is two weeks where the students, even those in phase one of liberty, can take leave and fly home (on their own dime).  If they have not earned enough leave, they can borrow forward (up to ten days total).  While on leave, they do not need liberty buddies.  This is the ONLY time in the Navy they are guaranteed to have Christmas leave.

Comment by kiley91 on July 27, 2014 at 7:17am
There is grad from A school, but they basically just get a certificate. Nothing big at all. As far as Xmas depends on where home is. Depending on his phase he has to have liberty buddies with him at all times. He could prob get a chit to go home but would need one or two lib buddies to go with him.
Comment by Jumanji on July 27, 2014 at 7:01am
Crystal, look through and join the groups on this website for the DEP leaving for bootcamp soon and Boot Camp moms group. Then after he leaves for boot camp, he will send you a form letter with his graduation date and then you can plan better. There will be a PIR graduation group for you to join too; I found that to be very helpful. There is plenty of time to make the reservations and many suggestions - this website has a lot of good information, just have to look at the forums and discussions too.
Comment by crystal on July 26, 2014 at 9:44pm

mom son leaves for MEPS on aug 18th and then following day he heads to IL for bootcamp. I am on a cruise the week of sept 28th and I am worried he will graduate while I am gone. How soon will I know what date he graduates When I am on the cruise it will be his 7th week in camp. So I am trying to figure out around when he will be graduating So I can make sure that I will be able to get off at my job

Comment by crystal on July 26, 2014 at 9:36pm

How soon do you find out when they will get to come home for Christmas for a few days?

Comment by crystal on July 26, 2014 at 9:35pm

Also do they have graduation from A- school?


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